Feb 27, 2013 10:00am EST
of the united states house of representatives, chaplain conroy, gives the benediction. >> let us pray. we give you thanks for, almighty god, for your gift to our nation of rosa parks, your good and faithful servant. one of the finest citizens of montgomery, she took a heroic stand by sitting. her prophetic actions, one among so many during an oddly graced time of our american history, changed the course of human history as it is lived on our continent. a central catalyst in the events which came to define the civil rights era, her cause lay deep in the record of so many racial injustices. now this congress, united as once it was, when honoring her with the congressional gold medal, honors the mother of the modern day civil rights movement with this statue. as we leave this place, may we never forget the incredible bravery and sacrifices of those, like rosa parks, who call us to greatness as american citizens. give us the grace, o god, to remain vigilant in guaranteeing that no person in our great land should ever suffer injustice like so many of our national heroes and heroins once did. amen.